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'Now Things Have Changed': Hanuma Vihari Receives NOC From ACA To Switch Association

Hanuma Vihari in action for Team India in 2022 (BCCI)Hanuma Vihari in action for Team India in 2022 (BCCI)

Indian Test cricketer Hanum Vihari has received a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Andhra Cricket Association (ACA). The 30-year-old confirmed the development on his social media handle on June 4.

Earlier this year, Vihari was embroiled in a war of words with the ACA on social media. The state association even issued a show-cause notice to the batting all-rounder back in March.

Hanuma Vihari trolls ACA for delayed NOC

On June 4, Hanuma Vihari trolled ACA for delaying the process of NOC. Taking to X (formerly Twitter), the batting all-rounder claimed that he had been asking for an NOC for two months from the state association, but to no avail.

"I have been asking for NOC from 2 months, mailed them 4 times. Didn’t give my NOC. Now that things have turned, they’ve issued my NOC immediately. lol," Hanuman Vihari stated in his social media post. 

Hanuma Vihari was embroiled in a war of words with the ACA earlier this year. Moreover, the state association removed Vihari as captain of the Andhra cricket team. The 30-year-old cited ‘political favoritism’ behind ACA’s unceremonious decision, and vowed to never play for Andhra again.

The Indian Test star eventually asked Andhra cricket for an NOC in order to switch associations. Several speculating reports claimed that the cricketer wanted to join Madhya Pradesh.

Interestingly, Hanuma Vihari returned with a stellar captaincy record last year, leading the Rest of India to an emphatic victory to lift the 2023 Irani Cup, mere months after guiding South Zone to Duleep Trophy win.

The Andhra Pradesh-born cricketer played 16 Test matches for Team India, and was a crucial past of their twin series wins in Australia in 2018-2019 and 2020-2021. 

While he played the last of his 16 Tests back in July 2022 against England, Hanuma Vihari continues to remain a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket. 

In 124 first-class matches, the right-handed batter has tallied over 9,000 runs at an astonishing average of 51.80.